The Guilt Trip

So….. now that I’m back from my trip to Atlanta I can tell you all the details of my trip.  My guilt trip that is.

While I was in Atlanta, my in-laws came to visit and hang out with my husband and kids.  Since my husband isn’t exactly communicating about the details of what happened, I’m left to fill in the details.

You know how that works right?  I fill in the details with the worst possible scenario.

And I end up on…

The Guilt Trip. [Read more…]

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Just… Thoughts

I’m writing to you this morning on my iPhone.

I’m in the lobby of my hotel, waiting to ride home with a group of ladies. Probably not the best setting for blogging… But I’ll give it a try. [Read more…]

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Hey Hey from Atlanta!

Hey ladies!  I’m saying hi from Atlanta Georgia!

I’ve been hanging out with 10,000 of my closest friends at the Thirty-One Gifts convention.  As my husband observed… it’s a LOT of estrogen in one place.

I have some interesting observations about the differences between a blogging conference (where the attendees are used to working in solitary conditions and tend to be introverts) and a direct sales convention (where…. they’re used to being very social all the time).

There are a ton of similarities too.

Anyway… that many women in one place all trying to use smart phones has a pretty predictable impact on cell phone service.  I’ve felt so cut off!

I’ve also made some interesting observations about about how the skills of being amazing at direct sales and the skills it takes to promote a blog on social media have a LOT in common.

If you’re looking for my blog on social media for direct sales, it’s called BAG OF CUPCAKES.

Until then… here’s my day in photos.  More or less.

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Spring Break Survival Tips

It’s mid-way through spring break for us and I’m still here.   And while we’re still on a zero budget stay-cation, at least my husband has lifted the screen ban.

For those of you who are mentally counting the hours until your kids are back in school, I wanted to offer a few tips to help you make it through the week in style. [Read more…]

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Road Trip Game Review: Rory’s Story Cubes

I almost always have this little gem tucked into my purse or tote.  They can keep my kids quietly entertained and content - without batteries.These Story Cubes are perfect to tuck in your bag for road trip games or to keep your kids calm while you wait.

They really are a go-to item in my no-fail boredom busting super secret arsenal of mom tricks.

“Once upon a time, there was an unhappy boy. He needed to walk across a bridge to get home. He couldn’t see a way, so he called his friends. They helped him, and he was very happy. They all played a game together. The End.” Story by GoGo, age 6.

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It may not be great literature, but GoGo made it up on his own, in five minutes, while sitting at the dinner table. He did it using Story Cubes from GameWright.

I love my Rory’s Story Cubes

I keep these cubes in my purse (the box is about 3 x 5 x 1 inches in size) to keep my kids entertained when we are waiting for stuff. We take turns making up stories using some or all of the cubes.

At times, we even make the stories up collaboratively, or continue a story through more than one roll of the dice.

The boys look forward to playing, and have asked me to get the second set of cubes so we can expand our story telling. They love to hear the stories I make up, and I love the sounds of my happy children giggling and creating stories together.

They have NO CLUE this is supposed to be an educational game. They are having fun and that’s all they care about.

I recommend this highly for ages 6 to adult. It’s a great travel game for your road trips this summer.

Disclosure: Clicking on the link above will take you to Amazon. I bought the game from Amazon over a year ago, well before joining their affiliate program.

3/14/13:  Updated:

Rory has some new cubes and they are fabulous! The new set is Voyages.  Just when my kids thought they had run out of ideas, Rory comes out with a new set of cubes.  We now own ALL THREE SETS.

I mix and match to only cary NINE at a time, but each box would actually hold 12 cubes.

After almost a year of continually living in the bottom of my purse or tote, the box still holds up.  I don’t think I’ve EVER had the magnetic closure come open.

Why only nine cubes instead of 12?  Because the other three slots are reserved for math dice.

I love my math dice too.

I can fit two blue cubes and one white dodecahedron (that’s the name for the 12 sided thing).

Both of these are great road trip games.

In the car, I keep a small plastic container to let the kids roll the dice as we drive down the road.  When we use a clear container, they can shake the cubes and see them WHILE THE LID IS ON.  No lost pieces.

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